Many of our crafting projects begin with a walk around the farm.
We recently found inspiration in the austere, architectural beauty of the sumac that grows along the border between Beekman Farm and our neighbors at Dharma Lea Farm.
The fruits form dense clusters of reddish drupes at the tips of each branch. Known as sumac bobs, these clusters are what make the plants such a striking part of the autumn landscape.
We clipped the branches about 3 feet long, when possible trying to find a branch that had a fork.
Once home we sprayed the bobs with a light spray adhesive and then gently dusted with a fine glitter that matched the color of the fruit (we used Martha Stewart Glitter in the color Brownstone)
In order to support these top heavy arrangements, we used our B. 1802 Iron Blocks. If you are using a lighter vase, place a heavy metal frog in the bottom for stability.
Does nature inspire your creativity? Share your ideas with the rest of us.
(We’re already thinking of what to do with next year’s growth of cat tails)